In short: Mixed terrain, some suburbia, some very scenic. In full: There were a couple of places where it was pretty easy to miss the route - instructions were provided, but I hadn't come with reading glasses! Plenty of drinks stations, two with food during the 30k race. Friendly marshalls and nice medal. Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: A challenging set of races, but great fun In full: I ran the shortest of the run choices - the 10k. For those who are criticising the navigational issues - this was actually one of the best signed races of this type I've done. Most races of this type have no signs at all, and we were provided with maps AND signage at 90% of points. Yes, I did get lost a couple of times as I had no-one to follow, but the map soon put me on the right course.
My only real gripe was being directed the wrong way where the 10k course divided from the 20k and 30k routes. I was leading the 10k and was misdirected which resulted in me making an "emergency stop" and slipping over and injuring my hand badly.
Not a race at all for PB hunters: all distances measured as slightly long on GPS devices, and the tricky terrain and multiple stiles make it a tough run. I didn't get a trophy or anything for winning the 10k, but when it's all in aid of a good cause (like the fire service) I don't give two hoots.
A great day out and thank you to Salisbury fire service for making it possible. Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: more road than i would of liked but all the same a great trail run. In full: Route markers were fine in marathon,would of been nice for the odd mile marker just as a guide. good route. Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: Lovely scenery in a low key race with good intentions In full: Kind of ditto the responses here so far. Did the '30k' though it felt longer - at least I hope it was as along with a few wrong turns and stops to check direction, I was somewhat slower than anticipated. I think I ran over 20 miles in the end. However, there was some lovely scenery in parts and it made for an interesting run. Expect some issues with signage and take your own drinks (highly recommend a backpack & bladder for the midway 'gap' of water stations) and don't expect a PB and you'll be fine. As a part of marathon training it was way better than a local run or treadmill which I normally do on a Sunday. Overall very challenging and a nice day out - great atmosphere to boot. Thanks to all of those involved. Note to wife - please get me a Garmin for Christmas so I can see my pace and distance on races like this. Note to self - take more notice of maps when they're handed out and don't just rely on the bloke in front! Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: Lovely track - awful signage. In full: Did the 30k and got lost 4 times. No signs at crucial stages and once got directed into a field of heffers(along with many others) with no exit. Hit 3 t-junctions with no marshalls and no signs. Hate to be so negative but I finished exasperated rather than euphoric. Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: A great day out, though the longest 'marathon' I think I've done! In full: Musn't grumble too much for what was a very scenic route, and my own fault for not doing enough long runs, however feel this was definitely longer than 26.2. My Garmin read 27.1 and bearing in mind lost coverage through several wooded areas....is that still a little conservative.
This aside a great day out, weather was just right and certainly appreciated the big bowls of jelly babies at various check points. Very friendly organisers and marshalls all the way round. The refreshments at the finish were certainly appreciated too.
For anyone wanting a run with bit of difference I would definitely recommend it. Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: A challenging but charming multi terrain race In full: Less off road than i was expecting My only minor gripe was that there was quite a big gap between water stations between 15 and 24k the diections were a bit tricky to follow around harnham But overall a lovely race, and i will be back Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: Leading the 20K race I was wrongly directed to the 30K course which once it left the joint marathoon course, it was VERY POORLY marked. Got lost again, as I was leading, waited for some other people to arrive, alll got lost. Eventually we got there Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: Very enjoyable day out, great scenery, organisation, value for money. Not a fast one though . In full: Overall very enjoyable (I did the marathon).
Best bits - the yew tree forest with the blue string, going through Clarendon estate, Longford Castle, the Cathedral at the end, great organisation for an event like this - with all the different distances on offer, low-key start and finish, friendly checkpoints with jelly babies.
Bits that could be improved - a few mile markers would be nice - or indicate the checkpoints, with their distances on the map, a bit less road.
I found the route very well marked and didn't need the map or instructions at all. The last bit from Wilton to the Cathedral seemed to go on forever on the road and passed the houses - a mile marker round there would've been nice. Not an easy one, but very enjoyable. Date of review: August 13, 2007